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Garcia Stops Duno After 1:38 Minutes Of Action

By Daniel Cloutier
Photos: Marlene Marquez


LAS VEGAS - The Californian Ryan Garcia became the new lightweight (135 pounds) WBC Silver and NABO North American champion, in beating another Californian Roberto Duno, by TKO in the first round Saturday evening in the ring of the MGM Arena in Las Vegas.

Garcia attacked furiously in the first round, and he finally sent Duno on the canvas with a solid right hand on the chin. Because Duno looked seriously hurt, the referee intervened to declare him TKO after only 1:38 minute of action in the fight.

I started the fight in attacking seriously, and the result was great, said Garcia after the bout. Duno also was aggressive and he gave me opportunities to hurt him. I am ranked in the world, then, I hope to get a shot for a major title in the months to come.

Garcia, who stayed undefeated in 19 pro fights (19-0-0), is ranked fourth contender by the WBA, eight by the WBC and 6th by the WBO.He is definitively in position to dispute a world championship.

Duno (21-2-0) suffered of his worst lost in pro boxing.

Blair Cobbs, a fighter from Las Vegas, won the vacant NABF welterweight (147 pounds) North American championship, in beating the Mexican Carlos Ortiz (11-5-0) by TKO in the seventh round. Cobbs stayed undefeated (13-0-1).

Cobbs, who was moving constantly in the ring and made a lot of surprises attacks, provoked a knockdown in the second minute of the sixth round.

In the seventh round, Cobbs maintained his charges and the referee stopped the bout in declaring Ortiz TKO.

My opponent was a good puncher, but I made my attacks at the right moment and look the result, said Cobbs. No doubt, I was faster than him. Ortiz punched back to my head early in the fight, but I came back in the fight like you saw it. I am ready to face the best welterweights in the world. Nobody can knock me out.

The Russian Bakhram Murtazaliev won an IBF super welterweight (154 pounds) elimination bout, in beating the Spanish Jorge Fortea by unanimous decision in 12 rounds.

Murtazaliev attacked energetically in most of the rounds, forcing his rival to fight more defensively than offensively.

It was a complete domination for the Russian, who is ranked sixth contender by the IBF and fourth by the WBO.

Murtazaliev hopes to dispute a world championship bout next year.

I felt good and I followed the advices of my trainers who told me to not force anything in the bout, said Murttazaliev. I really believe I will become better and better with the time.

The middleweight (160 pounds) Meirim Nursultanov, from Kazakstan, won the WBC USNBC title in beating the Mexican Cristian Olivas (16-6-0) by unanimous decision in 10 rounds.

Nursultanov was the aggressor from the beginning to the end and he connected more jabs and power shots than his opponent in almost every rounds. Nursultanov improved his perfect record to 13-0-0.

I got a good fight, a good performance, I was really prepared for this challenge, but my rival was very touch like you saw it. But fight 10 rounds was not a problem, I was prepared for it.

The Texan Tristan Kalkbreuth, a cruiserweight (190 pounds) obtained his third win in pro boxing (3-0-0), with a win by unanimous decision in four rounds over Twon Smith (3-4-0).

Clearly, Kallkbreuth was more productive offensively than his rival. I knew that my opponent was tough, I knew he got more experience than me, but I did good in the ring and I won the bout. I was hoping to win the fight by KO, its not happened, but this win will certainly help me for my future in boxing.

The super welterweight Evan Holyfield, the son of the former world champion Evander Holyfield, got successful pro debut, with a victory by TKO in the first round over Nick Winstead (0-2-0), from the State of Louisiana.

Holyfield attacked intensively in the first round, he provoked a knockdown, and the referee intervened to declare Winstead, from Las Vegas, by TKO after 2.22 minutes of action in the fourth round.

In the only female fight of the evening, the Californian Seniesa Estrada won the NABF and NABO super bantamweight North American championships, with a victory by unanimous decision over the Texan Marlen Esparza.

The referee stopped the bout after the ninth round, because Esparza got a very severe cut to the forehead. But because this cut has been provoked by an accidental head butt, the result of the fight has been decided by the judges who all gave the fight handily to Estrada.

Estrada increased her pro record to 18-0-0, and for Esparza, it was a first defeat in eight pro bouts (1-7-0).


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